It's beginning to look a lot like...
...your Sunday Briefing.
How early is too early for Christmas decorations? I ask because — as I looked out of the 23rd floor, waterfront-view office windows of CBRE at our last buzzing Vancouver Tech Journal morning coffee — I saw a fully adorned tree and Santa suit in someone’s apartment.
Is this a thinly veiled promotion for how awesome VTJ’s events are? It might be. A reminder: spaces are now completely full for the final two morning coffees on our tour (addy and Microsoft), but we have a whole slate of events coming up in the first week of December. Grading Vancouver’s innovation economy in 2022? Check. Digital transformation beyond buzzwords? Check. Calgary’s tech scene: Competition or complementary? You know it.
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 918 words: a three-minute read.
P.S. VTJ members always get a discount to our events (as well as a whole lot of other benefits). Want to join the club?
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State of the Nation: three key takeaways from the BC Tech report
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Side Door: the tech platform helping artists make a living
Co-founded by Vancouver musician Dan Mangan, the startup enables artists to perform in non-traditional venues and recently secured a deal on Dragons’ Den. Start reading »
Trendi launches BioTrim: the startup’s first product to tackle food waste
The foodtech venture showcased its first product to transform on-farm food waste into fruit and vegetable powders. Start reading »
Member exclusive: What do all Vancouver’s tech unicorns have in common?
Discover how fast B.C.’s billion-dollar businesses got to $1 million in revenue, and other previously undisclosed details about their growth. Start reading »
🤝 Funding and deals
Vancouver cleantech company Ostara closed $96 million in Series-C funding to scale its North American production. Start reading »
Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of natural resources, announced that approximately 60 projects have been selected to receive funding under the Government of Canada's $1.5-billion Clean Fuels Fund — with 12 recipients residing in B.C. Continue »
Yvette Wu, CEO of Yield Exchange, won big at SAAS North in Ottawa. Wu was the winner of 2022 AWS Pitchfest and also secured $100k from Firehood Angel Camp, a community advancing women in tech.
Metaspectral raised $4.7 million to launch Fusion, a cloud-based AI platform that analyzes hyperspectral imagery in real-time. Learn more »
PDFTron, a company that creates developer tools for enterprise PDF software, has acquired Eversign: a cloud-based electronic signature innovator. Learn more »
🗞️ In other news
Join Vancouver Tech Journal on December 7 for our event Calgary's tech scene: Competition or complementary, an insight into how tech is growing in B.C.’s eastern neighbour. Get tickets »
BCIT is inviting companies to apply for its Industry Sponsored Student Projects (ISSP) Program, where senior students work on IT or software development projects directly for industry. Learn more »
SX Network, a layer-two blockchain running on Polygon, continues to be a viable and attractive ground to build upon. Learn more »
Vancouver Tech Journal contributor Erin Gee sat down with crypto influencer and consultant, Megan Nilsson (AKA Crypto Megan). d3crypto »
Floorspace, a commercial real estate agency, presented its Q3 2022 update on notable office leasing activity in Vancouver. Start reading »
Voltsafe was named a CES 2023 Innovation Awards Honoree by the Consumer Technology Association for its two products: the Voltsafe Home and the Voltsafe Marine.
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💡 Ideas and insights
Ali Adab, chief content officer at SoleSavy, writing in Rolling Stone: The NFT bubble has burst, but the value for creators is just heating up
Alex Conconi, principal of Conconi Growth Partners, tweeting about what he thinks the next ten years of business will look like, with particular insights on labour and immigration.
Allen Pike, CEO and co-founder of Steamclock, launched a new podcast on how to build great teams and products, featuring interviews with engineering, product, and design leaders.
Tamara Grominsky, VP of product marketing at Kajabi, writing on LinkedIn: Taylor Swift is building the playbook on how to leverage existing support to build future demand
Chris Neumann joined the Afternoon “T” podcast with fellow Chris (Hobbs) where they discussed how venture capitalists need to have the qualities of both a hunter and a farmer, plus how vastly different the investment environment in Silicon Valley is from the rest of the world. Listen »